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Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary School)
Overview and Purpose: Traditions are important part of family life. In this activity, students learn about how one of their family's traditions was started.
Objective: The student will be able to describe one family tradition and how it was started.
Talk with students about traditions and why they are important. Ask them what they think some common traditions for Thanksgiving are. Have them talk in small groups about some of their families' Thanksgiving traditions. Give them an opportunity to share one with the whole class.
For homework, have the students talk with a family member about one of their family's traditions. Have them find out how long it has been going on and how it got started. Have them draw a picture showing the tradition and a sentence or two explaining it. The students can share the traditions with the class the next day.
You can extend this activity by having students write two paragraphs about a new tradition they want to start when they grow up. Have them include why they would have the tradition and who would it include.